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Monday August 17, 1970
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This Day In 1970's History: Monday August 17, 1970
  • At a meeting of VFW veterans today, Vice President Spiro Agnew attacked Senate doves and the McGovern-Hatfield amendment. Agnew called the amendment a blueprint for U.S. defeat and chaos in Southeast Asia, and he praised the Cambodian invasion; Agnew received a standing ovation. Senator George McGovern said that Agnew is wrong and is taking a mistaken course.

    An amendment to end the war would lose now in Congress, but changes are being made. [CBS]

  • China signed a military aid agreement with Prince Norodom Sihanouk's Cambodian government in exile. [CBS]
  • American B-52s hit Communists who were attacking seven bases in northern South Vietnam. [CBS]
  • Israel and the U.S. are at odds over Israeli charges that the United Arab Republic has violated the Mideast cease-fire. Foreign Minister Abba Eban criticized the U.S. for impugning Israel's integrity. The Nixon administration is irritated at the Israeli charges and their refusal to start peace talks; Israel won't talk peace until the U.S. admits that the charges of cease-fire violations are true and takes diplomatic action. [CBS]
  • U.S. oil import laws are being debated; present quotas protect the American oil industry and keep prices high. President Nixon rejected a move to substitute tariffs for quotas, saying that he will revise the quota system. Oil companies are pleased. [CBS]
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